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Foundations being laid after Round One at Silverstone

Foundations being laid after Round One at Silverstone

The opening round of the 2016 Superstock championship at Silverstone this weekend was one in which there were plenty of positives for the whole of the NMT No Limits Kawasaki team to take into the second round at Oulton Park in three week’s time.
 
As the lights went out in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race the NMT No Limits Kawasaki ZX-6R of Jordan Weaving was amongst the leading trio of riders after lap one, just 0.6seconds away from the lead. There was a gripping, fierce battle between Weaving and Lewis Rollo as they contested second place but before Weaving could press on any further and aim for the podium finish his weekend deserved, there was a problem with rear grip. It soon became a matter of getting over the line and seeing the chequered flag, Weaving doing his best to fight the effects of the lack of adhesion and bringing the bike home for a very creditable top ten finish.
 
The Stroud based rider had impressed right from the off in very changeable conditions in Northamptonshire on Friday. In free practice the number 34 machine pressured the top riders in the class and by Q1 Weaving topped the timesheets to take provisional pole, leading his nearest rivals by over a second. 24 hours later the searing pace continued from Weaving, qualifying him on the front row of the grid as he increased his speed and gained four seconds on his previous quickest time.
 
“First off the weekend started off really well, staying in the top 3, “ Weaving said.
 
“In the race I had a real good start and was running in a comfortable podium position waiting for the right moment to start making progress forward. Unfortunately the rear tyre completely delaminated itself and it quickly became more about finishing the race and picking up as many points as we can, so we will take 10th and move on to the next one.”
 
In the Superstock 1000 class, Adam Jenkinson and Nick Anderson both made progress on their first outings on the new Team Green supplied Kawasaki ZX-10R. Despite both riders not finishing where they would have liked in the race, the riders could leave the former airfield circuit with vital information to take forward into round two at the end of the month.
 
Jenkinson had been amongst the early pace setters on Friday in free practice with Anderson taking his time under a cloud covered sky as both riders pushed harder with each passing second. On, Saturday both riders’ burgeoning confidence was there for all to see as they improved their speed round the Silverstone circuit and when the chequered flag came out at the end of Q2 both riders had improved their times significantly. Anderson nudged ahead of his team-mate in qualifying, the number 47 headed row three on the grid in an impressive seventh spot with Jenkinson within a second of the leading NMT No Limits Kawasaki as the pair improved their times by more than ten seconds from the previous day.
 
Anderson held his top 10 starting position on the opening lap of the race whilst Jenkinson made easy work of the riders ahead of him and within a couple of corners the number 2 bike of Jenkinson was soon behind his team-mate inside the top ten. The pair swapped places as both rider’s race pace was within touching distance of their qualifying times, testament to their efforts on a bright but cold Sunday afternoon at Silverstone.
 
Anderson battled with Rob McNealy before putting in a wonderful pass up the inside coming out of Brooklands, leaving the orange number 30 in his wake and was leading the charge on the top seven ahead of him with Jenkinson still pushing hard. However, as the race wore on a top ten finish wasn’t to be as the pair of NMT Kawasaki’s were to just miss out on picking up their first points of the season as they followed each other home in 16th and 17th.
 
Adam Jenkinson was in pensive mood after the race but is  upbeat that progress will be made to make further steps up the standings at Oulton Park at the end of the month.
 
“I’ve had better weekends, it’s fair to say finishing 17th isn’t where we are looking to be so that’s a disappointment for everyone in the team who worked so hard over the weekend. But it’s gone now and I’m looking forward to sitting down with the team and making the plan to move forward and get back to running with the title chasers at the next round.”
 
Anderson was happy with his weekend, but he is determined it will be even better next time out as he learns more about his new ZX-10R moving forward.
 
Nick Anderson: “I had a strong qualifying I wanted to improve further so I tried a different setting for the race but unfortunately it didn’t work how we would have liked.  Our qualifying performance was strong so we can take positives from that and it shows that as a team we work well.
 
“With the development of the new bike comes the development of new parts and we have a few tests scheduled before the next round so we will learn from the tests and should be able to progress with our development of the bike and move even further up the grid.”